Rustic Tiny House Made From Reclaimed Materials

The house looks to be about 12-by-18 foot, and whilst not stated on their AirBnB page, the usable square footage is probably in the range of 300 square feet when you include the loft. The house is a pet project of DIY enthusiasts, Jenny and Michael, who built the home from as many recycled and repurposed elements as possible.” – Humble Homes

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Tree House in Kauri Forest

The builder of these tree houses has been chipping away at their construction in his spare time over the last few years. They are a true DIY marvel. He estimates that he has so far spent around NZ$30,000 constructing these.” –  Living Big In A Tiny House

Read more about this Incredible DIY Tree House in Kauri Forest. Also check out the Tiny House Forum at Living Big In A Tiny House.

DIY Tiny Woodstove

Believe it or not you can use a mailbox to create a wood stove. While I’m not sure how big of an area it can heat, it’s certainly a low cost alternative to buying a traditional wood stove. Naturally the paint that comes with the mailbox is going to burn away after it’s first use since your mailbox wasn’t intended to keep you warm.” – Steven

Read more about this Do-It-Yourself Tiny Woodstove.

Alternative Power Generators for Off-Grid Tiny Homes

Portable alternative power generations like this one are handy during extended blackouts and can make good starter kits for some tiny houses.

The size of a system depends on what you need to run; for example if you just needs lights and communications a very small system will do. If you need to power a refrigerator, well pump, and/or clothes washer the system will naturally need to be bigger.

You can build solar systems yourself with all the necessary parts or buy prebuilt packages like the one pictured here to help you get started.

To learn how to build your own solar system I’ve linked a few how-to articles from other websites below:

  • Eartheasy Blog – Simple DIY Home Solar Power System
  • Mother Earth News – DIY Solar Power System Offers Easy Emergency Power Supply
  • Off Grid Quest – 4 Videos – A Small Introduction to DIY Solar

Learn more about the system pictured above…

200 Square Foot Off-Grid Cabin in Tahoe

Hannah grew up in a home her parents built (her father is a boat builder), so it was only natural for her to follow in their footsteps. Tim, on the other hand, has never built anything but fires. With that in mind, Tim and Hannah started out with 20 acres of land and no blueprints, and built one of the most impressive houses I’ve ever seen in my life — not to mention it’s fully off-the-grid.” – Apartment Therapy

Read and see more about Tim and Hannah’s Affordable DIY Self-Sustainable Micro Cabin


Could This Flatpack House Be as Easy to Build as an IKEA Bookcase?

When I wake, I’m struck by two things. First, because the house is so small it doesn’t take long to warm up when I turn on the heater.

Second, while undoubtedly compact, the cabin holds a surprisingly large amount of my stuff. I could definitely imagine a single person or a couple living comfortably within it.

Is it better than a mobile home or a large caravan? The height of the roof means that it doesn’t feel at all cramped and it certainly looks and feels more permanent and homely.

If it’s to be a permanent home, rather than just temporary accommodation, then the ‘look’ and ‘feel’ of a property is essential — you have to feel affection towards your house. Building it yourself and customising it definitely fosters those emotions. ” – Tom via Mail Online

Read the full story and ask yourself… Could YOU build a flatpack house?